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Ryan Lochte Talks Meeting Prince Harry in Vegas on 'Today'

Ryan Lochte Talks Meeting Prince Harry in Vegas on 'Today'

Ryan Lochte arrives at Rockefeller Plaza for his Today show interview on Thursday morning (August 23) in New York City.

Later in the day, the 28-year-old Olympian made an appearance on Access Hollywood with actress Bernadette Peters, who brought along a rescue dog!

“His people came over to my table and said, ‘Prince Harry wants to meet you,’” Ryan said on Today about the infamous Prince Harry partying in Vegas scandal. “I was like, ‘Lets meet him.’ I went over there. I was fully clothed, and he says, ‘You want to race me in the pool?’ I took off my shirt, jumped in and we started racing.”

“After our race and everything, we went our separate ways. I’m kind of happy. I don’t need that,” Ryan added. “After racing Prince Harry, I got that competitive edge back in me and I want to get back in the water.”

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  • CalliO

    I guess Ryan is unhappy that Harry’s Vegas romp has drawn all the attention from his own Vegas romp. But, if he can’t beat Harry’s attention, might as well leech off it. So now, he’s making the rounds, reminding people that he was in Vegas, too, and that he hung out with Harry.


  • Madison

    Love him! He looks good in these pics.

  • Bubbaness


  • haha

    If you don’t “need” that, stop name dropping and talking about it.

  • Chase

    He’s not very bright is he?

  • Giggles

    @CalliO East Coast media had been planned before Ryan went on vacation to Vegas. It a cute story, the media is interested in him.

  • Leah

    He makes me laugh, I like him. I attended a couple of events that he has been at. He is very sweet and nice to fans.

  • mlllllllllllle

    That one is a little dumb….

  • Taylor

    Holy hotness! Go Ryan!

  • nn

    Lol he makes a bit of a fool out of prince Harry and his defenders who said that all 28 year old lads had fun like prince harry or that what he did was normal for 28 yr old men. I dont know Lochte but i have the feeling that he has this sense of responsiblity and would never find himself caught up in the scandals of Prince harry> Hsrry needs to grow up

  • dobbi

    So sick of him.

  • Lily

    Haters gonna hate. Go do your thing, Ryan!

  • valerie

    Dumb as ditchwater.

  • PrinceHarry


  • Delaney

    Love, Love, Love him!!

  • Yohji

    Is he on a mission to be overexposed by the end of the summer? Maybe he should take a leaf out of Phelps’ modesty book!

  • pattilee

    oh please..

  • BGO

    Bernadette is like 65 and is still gorgeous

  • [~Fug Face Man!ston~]

    @Chase: He’s dirt dumb, but I think that’s partly why he’s popular.

  • Teegan

    He’s such a chill dude, I bet he’s great fun to hang with.

  • Kora

    If you watched the today show interview, ud know that JJ left off many quotes and the way JJ put together theses ones make him sound a bit douchy but he wasn’t. He actually said that this has been his longest vacation since he was 10 years old and that he’s itching to get back to the pool. He said that meeting prince Harry was “really cool” and “an honor” and that they had a fun time. The context in which he said “I don’t need that” was in a chuckling way as everyone has been saying already. Not cool what ure doing JJ

  • jessie

    “I was like, Let’s meet him.” ??? was he talking to the voice in his head? I don’t think JJ is making him sound like a douche, he was that before he even won at the Olympics.

  • Anna

    “I’m kind of happy. I don’t need that”!!! What an idiot! He’s using what happened to the Prince to try to look like a “nice” boy, as if he had not participated in activities worse than strip pool! Ummm?

  • Jen

    I’m sorry, I don’t get the hate. He is involved in charities, committed to his sport, sweet and very good to his fans. Is because of that Jezebel Web Site wrote a piece and said he was a douche and now that’s the meme. He seems like a great guy. A goofball, but a great guy.

  • WTF

    am i the only one who doesn’t find him attractive at all?!

  • cambria

    @ #23 – Matt Lauer actually asked him if he was “happy” he missed the afterparty and he answered “yeah I’m kinda happy” all in a chuckles and laughs. You haters will believe anything some media manipulate you into thinking without caring to look at the actual evidence. Pathetic!

  • anon

    He’s a good guy. And he better take his own advice considering what happend not only to Prince Harry but to Michael Phelps. The issue is not what these people do behind closed doors but the fact that someone in their entourage betrayed their trust and not only took pictures but sold to the media.

    In reality that’s a crime. permission was not given to show these pictures. the law needs to be enforced in these situations for them to stop.

  • Layla

    Love him!

  • Andamentothat

    I like me some Lochte! Jeah!

    I am sure Harry will learn from this incident. All will be well.

  • dee

    When I first saw him at the Olympics, I thought he was a good swimmer and that he was good-looking. Now I can’t stand the sight (or sound) of him. He’s ANNOYING! Hot guys always lose their hotness once they start talking or becoming attention hungry monsters.

  • KissThis

    Ryan has turned into such a douchey fame-w h ore! Name-dropping, partying wherever there are paps, going to ANY event he can. I was a fan of his, but now I’m thinking ‘Yuck!’

  • Brandon

    Yes he’s obviously not the sharpest tool in the shed, I guess he got braun over brains, but he seems pretty nice.

    The only problem with this post is how the quotes are phrased: “After our race and everything, we went our separate ways. I’m kind of happy. I don’t need that,” … that was never said by itself, and the way it is here in the article makes him look like an asshole. But Matt Lauer was asking him questions and showing pictures in between. This is very unprofessional quoting and not how legit news sites quote. You arent suppose to string seperate quotes together into one.. but Just Jared has never been very professional.

  • dgi

    How is he name dropping? It was well known that he partied with PH over the weekend, so of course he ‘s going to be asked about the scandal. People are so hard on this guy and I can’t see any justification for it.

  • Jerry

    @Jen: Well said Jen. The Jezebel piece was cute and tongue in cheek and now everyone has taken it seriously and ragging on him. If there are any real reports of him being a d-bag – disrespecting people or being rude and ungracious – then we can talk.
    But from what we’ve seen he has been completely sweet and goofy and gracious about his Olympic achievements and the opportunities it’s presented him with now.

  • Marco P

    America’s cutest idiot.

  • Paulo

    @haha: ummmm they asked him about it, he’s not just talking about it out of the blue

  • Paulo

    @nn: it was a private moment that came to the public light. he is single, relatively young, why does he need to follow the “normal” path of life. let him enjoy himself!